Throwback Thursday: WWF Royal Rumble 1990, As Seen on WWE Network and Peacock


This week Throwback Thursday celebrates the legacy of one of the vital widespread and beloved occasions in WWE historical past: the Royal Rumble! To honor the grand historical past of the occasion we’re pausing to look again on the traditional 1990 Royal Rumble, as seen on the WWE Network and Peacock, that went down 33 years in the past this month!

Regardless of the World Wrestling Federation’s (WWF) continued success within the early days of 1990 the professional wrestling “increase” of the Nineteen Eighties was shortly winding down. A slew of promotions, from Verne Gagne’s America Wrestling Affiliation (AWA) to Ron Fuller & David Wooden’s Continental Wrestling Federation (CWF) to Jerry Jarrett’s Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Affiliation (CWA) to the Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) to Don Owen’s Pacific Northwest Wrestling (PNW) to Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) had both folded, had been on life assist, had been merged with different promotions, or offered to the very best bidder.

However it wasn’t all easy crusing for the WWF on this period. Although a sufferer of its personal success the WWF was, like all companies, on the whim of exterior forces. The core of the WWF’s viewers was hit hardest because the nationwide financial system started to weaken and fears of a recession took root. Past these financial points the WWF’s prime star, Hulk Hogan, was trying to take an extended break from the ring to each relaxation his physique and his gimmick, and had lastly agreed to drop the WWF World title to Final Warrior at WrestleMania VI.

Then, Simply ten days previous to Royal Rumble ’90, on January 11, 1990, the WWF and Viewer’s Alternative/Request TV (which serviced 42% of pay-per-view succesful households in America) ended their PPV carriage standoff when the 2 sides inked a brand new seven-year settlement. Elsewhere, Vince McMahon had lately signed Mike Tyson, then boxing’s undisputed Heavyweight Champion, to guest-referee the WrestleMania V rematch between WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage on the February 23, 1990 version of The Predominant Occasion III–if Tyson may win his subsequent title protection in Tokyo, Japan, that’s.

However, unbeknownst to all however the very prime brass of the corporate, the WWF was headed for a firestorm of biblical proportions. Following his arrest for his half in a large doctor-shopping scheme, William Dunn, a former energy coach for the College of Virginia, started telling federal brokers a few so-called “soiled physician” in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by the title of George T. Zahorian. Because the 1990 Royal Rumble aired reside in Orlando, Florida, William Dunn was nonetheless assembly often with Dr. George Zahorian, shopping for hundred of {dollars} price of medicine, steroids, and paraphernalia, all of the whereas carrying a wire that allowed the FBI to doc each transaction right down to the very syllable.

Regardless of receiving a tip from the McMahon’s concerning the ongoing FBI investigation, Dr. Zahorian continued to satisfy with Dunn till Zahorian was arrested in March 1990, setting off a slow-burning media and public relations wildfire that, by the point it was over, would practically devour Vince McMahon, the WWF, and the promotion’s prime stars with it.



The most important story within the WWF on the time the 1990 Royal Rumble aired was the simmering feud between WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and WWF Intercontinental Champion The Final Warrior. Randy Savage’s continued points with Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper’s issues with “Dangerous Information” Brown, and Demolition’s feud with the brand new World Tag Workforce Champions Andre the Big & Haku had been different prime tales on the time.

Outdoors the sector the highest track within the nation was Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed To Stay With out You?” whereas Phil Collins’ …However Significantly was the highest album. On tv NBC’s The Cosby Present reigned supreme as Born on the Fourth of July, starring Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Frank Whaley, Willem Dafoe, and Jerry Levine, was the highest movie in theaters.

Now let’s head on over to the WWE Community on Peacock, hit ‘play’, and see simply how nicely the 1990 Royal Rumble holds up ion 2023!

This seems to be the reside broadcast of the occasion, not the Coliseum House Video launch, for these questioning. Edits aren’t a difficulty with the 1990 Royal Rumble on the Community and Peacock. Context, nonetheless, is pitiful. Except for Saturday Night time’s Predominant Occasion and Prime Time Wrestling (whose weekly protection ends on January 1, 1990) none of WWF’s weekly TV of the period is at present obtainable to observe as of this writing. Nonetheless, all previous editions of Saturday Night time’s Predominant Occasion and all prior WWF pay-per-view occasions can be found so that you can get pleasure from proper now on the WWE Community and Peacock!


WWF Royal Rumble ’90 (WATCH)
Date: January 21, 1990 – Location: Orlando Area, Orlando Florida
Attendance: 16,000 – PPV Buyrate: 2.0 (>271,000 houses)
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura – Interviews: “Imply” Gene Okerlund & Sean Mooney

WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Hulk Hogan (April 2, 1989, WWF WrestleMania V, from “Macho Man” Randy Savage)
WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion: Final Warrior (August 28, 1989, WWF SummerSlam ’89, from “Ravishing” Rick Impolite)
WWF World Tag Workforce Champions: The Colossal Connection (Haku & Andre the Big) (December 30, 1989, WWF Superstars of Wrestling, taped December 13, 1989, from Demolition (Ax & Smash))
WWF Ladies’s Champion: Rockin’ Robin (October 7, 1988, WWF on Canal Plus, Paris, France, from “Sensational” Sherri; Robin’s ultimate title protection earlier than being launched was on June 26, 1989; the title wouldn’t be deactivated formally till February 1990; the Ladies’s title would stay dormant till the December 12, 1993 version of All American Wrestling when Alundra Blayze would defeated Heidi Lee Morgan in a match ultimate to say the title)


The 1990 Royal Rumble begins with Vince McMahon giving us a rundown of your entire 30-man subject for this years “Royal Rumble” in addition to the 4 undercard matches and the “Brother Love Present” to return. We then head contained in the Orlando Area, which had opened the prior 12 months on January 29, 1989, the place Tony Schiavone welcomes us to the present and introduces shade commentator Jesse Ventura.

Ventura jokes about stopping Mickey and Goofy from sneaking into the sector earlier than presenting Tony with a Goofy hat. Tony hypes the approaching matches and promos from “Royal Rumble” individuals earlier than we head to the ring for the opening bout.


—Tag Workforce Match (2:50)
The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques & Raymond) w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch)

This can be a strong opener and a much better tag staff match than some may count on it to be on paper. There’s a good quantity of stalling to start out earlier than the Bushwhackers stymie the Rougeau’s offense, getting the higher of the Rougeau Brothers at each flip. Ultimately Jacques turns his again to Luke and dares Luke to assault him from behind as Raymond waylays Luke from behind as a substitute, turning the tide within the Rougeau Brothers’ favor. The Rougeau Brothers dominate the match by utilizing fast tags, distractions, and double-teams, managing to chop off quite a lot of Luke’s hope spots.

Ultimately a cocky Jacques tries to splash Luke however Luke will get his knees up. Luke then makes the gradual hot-tag to Butch who, with Luke’s assist, cleans home. Luke & Butch arrange for his or her Battering Ram end however Jimmy Hart grabs Luke’s leg. Luke drags Jimmy Hart into the ring and he and Butch put together to strip Hart to his skivvies when the Rougeau Brothers dropkick Luke into Butch. Jacques schoolboys Butch for a near-fall earlier than Raymond cinches within the Boston Crab. From the ground Luke journeys Jacques, forcing Raymond to launch the crab to assist his brother.

As Raymond helps Jacques to his ft the Bushwhackers hit each Rougeau’s with the battering ram, sending Raymond to the ground as Jacques’ neck snaps off the ropes. Butch makes the duvet and scores the 1-2-3 at 13:36.

WINNERS are The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) (Pin, 13:36)


Following the match the Rougeau Brothers rejoice their win as we see replays of the end and head to the primary Peacock ad-break of the present. Popping out of the break we head to the interview location the place “Imply” Gene Okerlund is joined by a annoyed Ted DiBiase and Virgil. Gene begins by going over the foundations for drawing an entry quantity into the Rumble and the way the quantity drawn is supposed to dictate entry within the match.

Final 12 months, Okerlund says, DiBiase entered the match at quantity 30 regardless of suspicions that DiBiase paid to modify numbers with another person. DiBiase disputes the accusation earlier than Okerlund reminds us that the added “safety” concerned with this 12 months’s drawing would make switching numbers unimaginable. DiBiase rants about not having the ability to select his personal quantity however Gene says he heard that it was Virgil who picked DiBiase’s quantity. DiBiase disputes this, as nicely, and refuses to permit Virgil to chime in. Okerlund asks DiBiase to point out the world what quantity he drew however DiBiase refuses.

Lastly Okerlund snatches the quantity for DiBiase and reads it, laughing out loud as he reveals that DiBiase drew primary! DiBiase jumps in and shouts that it doesn’t matter what quantity he’s drawn this 12 months, that DiBiase would be the first man in and DiBiase will the final man standing. It’s an ideal alternative, DiBiase says, to show to the world why Ted DiBiase is the very best within the World Wrestling Federation. Gene wraps the interview and we head again into the Orlando Area.


Again within the enviornment ring announcer Howard Finkel introduces the Genius, who treats us to a awful poem about dealing with Brutus Beefcake tonight. The poem consists of such poetic gems as: “All his cuttin’ and a-struttin’ could also be fast sufficient for some / however I’m the world’s smartest man and Beefcake’s double-dumb!” As Genius celebrates his studying Beefcake’s music hits and “the Barber” makes his approach to the ring for the following bout.


—Singles Match (21:14)
The Genius vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

That is extra of a comedy “let-me-up” match than anything. Genius performs up the gay shtick as Beefcake mocks him. We see far more “homosexual joke” spots than any match ever wants. The match follows the identical sample from begin to end: stalling results in Genius catching Beefcake with a heel trick, Genius working over Beefcake, Beefcake making the comeback after which delivering the punchline for the newest “homosexual” joke. Not quickly sufficient we get the end. Beefcake traps Genius within the sleeper however Genius fights his approach out, wiping out the referee, who flops to the ground. Genius heels it up earlier than Beefcake cinches in one other sleeper that, this time, places Genius out.

Beefcake struts and poses, wanting oh so masculine whereas doing it (*wink*), earlier than giving Genius a hair lower. As Beefcake snips Genius’ hair, tossing it into the wind for all of the world to see, Mr. Excellent rushes down the aisle and assaults Beefcake, saving Genius. Excellent hits an attractive Excellent-plex because the referee requires the bell, disqualifying each Beefcake and Genius, at 11:05.

NO WINNER declared (Double disqualification, 11:05)


After the bell rings Mr. Excellent revives Genius earlier than going to the ground for a heavy, padded folding chair. Because the bell continues to ring Genius helps Mr. Excellent assault Beefcake with the chair. Referees and officers enter the ring and power Excellent & Genius out as they have an inclination to the injured Brutus Beefcake.


Subsequent we head again to the interview location the place Sean Mooney is joined by Bobby “The Mind” Heenan and his Heenan Household: “Ravishing” Rick Impolite and the WWF World Tag Workforce Champions Haku & Andre the Big. Mooney notes that Heenan has his “Household” with him tonight, however notes the “Royal Rumble” is every-man-for-himself. Heenan disagrees and says that the match is “each household for itself”.

Mooney asks if Impolite, Haku, and Andre’s numbers are shut sufficient that the three can work collectively however Heenan jumps in and says everyone seems to be pleased with the numbers they’ve drawn. Mooney asks what occurs if Impolite is left with one other member of the “Heenan Household” on the finish of the “Rumble” and Impolite says he’ll do no matter it takes to win. This units off a flurry of arguing and debate among the many 4 because the interview spirals uncontrolled. Mooney wraps the interview and sends us to our subsequent Peacock ad-break.


Popping out of the break we get our first promo for WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990 on the Sky Dome in Toronto, Canada. Following the promo Tony & Jesse chat about WrestleMania, and the way large the occasion goes to be, earlier than we head to the ring for the following contest with each wrestlers already within the ring.


—“Submission Match” (38:09)
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/Jimmy Hart vs. “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin

Lengthy earlier than Bret Hart and Steve Austin turned in an NWA-style traditional at WrestleMania XIII, Ron Garvin and Greg Valentine did it first on this night time in Orlando, Florida. This can be a traditional, stiff battle that’s, in some ways, forward of its time. These two beat the hell out of one another all through the match en path to telling a practical, plausible, and private story that stands as one of many best possible in Royal Rumble historical past. The story on this one revolves round Garvin and Valentine’s shin guards, the “Hart Breaker” and “Hammer Jammer”, respectively.

Garvin’s “Hart Breaker” is used to block Valentine’s figure-four leglock whereas Valentine’s “Hammer Jammer” is used to intensify the figure-four whereas doubtlessly weakening the consequences of Garvin’s “reverse figure-four” (the scorpion deathlock). It’s a back-and-forth brawl for essentially the most half, with each guys trying to pin the opposite on quite a lot of events (perhaps too typically for some). Garvin’s “Hart Breaker” does it’s job, stuffing Valentine’s figure-four. After the 2 collide within the ring, nonetheless, Jimmy Hart reaches in and removes Garvin’s “Hart Breaker”. Valentine lands a backbreaker earlier than cinching within the figure-four.

Now left unprotected, Garvin practically submits to the figure-four earlier than reversing the maintain. “Hammer” continues to work on Garvin’s leg however Garvin manages to dam one other figure-four try with an inside cradle. Quickly sufficient Valentine scales the ropes solely to have Garvin slam Valentine off the highest, a la Ric Aptitude, earlier than eradicating the “Hammer Jammer”. The 2 commerce photographs earlier than Valentine finally ends up trapped within the ropes. Jimmy Hart tries to intrude however Garvin catches Hart and brings Hart within the onerous approach. Garvin then threatens to glom Hart with the “Hammer Jammer” earlier than walloping a creeping Valentine with it unexpectedly. With Valentine knocked foolish Garvin cinches in his “reverse figure-four” for the eventual submission victory at 16:53.

WINNER is “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin (Submission, 16:53)


Following the match, as Jesse gripes concerning the end, we head again to the interview location the place “Imply” Gene Okerlund is joined by Mr. Excellent. Okerlund begins by asking Excellent about his assault on Brutus Beefcake earlier within the present. Excellent disputes it was “interference”, saying he’s sick of Beefcake attempting reap the benefits of folks when Beefcake’s put them to sleep.

Genius is a pal of his, Mr. Excellent says, and now Beefcake is aware of what occurs when Excellent’s associates are in “hassle”. Gene then exhibits us a slow-motion replay of Excellent attacking Beefcake with the metal chair earlier within the night time, asking what was going by means of Excellent’s thoughts on the time. Mr. Excellent says it was “victory” and the “need to win” that was going by means of his thoughts, which is what Excellent says he does each time he steps in a Federation ring. Excellent says he’s turned some heads within the WWF and that Beefcake is another excuse why Mr. Excellent goes all the best way to the highest within the WWF.

Hair grows again, Excellent says, however Beefcake’s ribs could not “develop again the fitting approach!” Okerlund then asks Mr. Excellent what quantity he drew for tonight’s “Royal Rumble” and Excellent says he drew the “excellent quantity”: quantity 30! The “Royal Rumble”, Excellent says, goes to be like every thing else Mr. Excellent has ever completed in his life: “completely excellent!” Okerlund then wraps the interview and sends us to the following Peacock ad-break.


Popping out of the break we head again into the sector the place Brother Love stands prepared for a reside version of “The Brother Love Present” (58:58). Brother Love welcomes us to the present and says that he appeared up the definition of the world “Woman” within the “E-book of Love” and it learn “a lady of sophistication, a lady with finesse, a lady with beautiful magnificence”.

Subsequent to that definition, Brother Love says, was an image of his subsequent visitor: Sensational Queen Sherri! Sherri involves the ring and tells Brother Find it irresistible’s an “honor” to be within the ring with a person who “radiates masculinity, boldness, and is aware of the true that means of ‘love’.” Brother Love thanks Sherri earlier than saying that he additionally got here throughout the phrase “Peasant” within the “E-book of Love”. The definition, Brother Love says, is of a lady with “no class”, “no finesse,” and “no magnificence, semi-colon ugly”.

Brother Love says there was an image subsequent to the world “Peasant” and it was of their subsequent visitor: Sapphire. Sapphire, whom Jesse calls “tons of enjoyable”, involves the ring and is instantly run down, mocked, and made enjoyable of by each Brother Love and Queen Sherri. Brother Love says Dusty Rhodes is a “Frequent Man”, which makes Sapphire a “frequent girl” and a “peasant”. Sherri then desires to know what makes Sapphire suppose she will breathe the identical air as Sherri or is even ok to face within the ring with Brother Love. Brother Love then mocks Dusty Rhodes’ weight, with Sherri saying there’s “Dusty in all places”, earlier than ripping Sapphire’s weight as nicely.

The 2 then trash Sapphire for touring with Dusty, with Sherri saying that not solely does Dusty drive a semi-truck however that Dusty wants to make use of a “forklift” to place Sapphire at the back of it. Sapphire has heard sufficient, although, and pulls the microphone away from Brother Love earlier than smacking Queen Sherri throughout the face, popping the Orlando Area.


As Brother Love walks down Sapphire, Randy Savage rushes to the ring and will get in Sapphire’s face, backing Sapphire into the nook. Dusty Rhodes isn’t far behind, although, and Randy Savage lies in wait to pounce on the “Dream”. However simply as Savage has Dusty reeling, Sapphire jumps on Savage’s again! Brother Love pulls Sapphire off of Savage as WWF officers arrive at ringside.


Again within the ring Brother Love continues to run his mouth about Dusty taking a “royal whipping” and being “frequent trash”. Dusty walks Brother Love into the nook earlier than grabbing a fleeing Brother Love and slamming him within the middle of the ring. Dusty then holds Brother Love for a Sapphire slap earlier than tossing Brother Love out of the ring like rubbish. Dusty’s music hits and the 2 dance for the Orlando followers as Jesse rants about how disgusting Dusty & Sapphire look and he and Tony snort on the pair. The 2 proceed to bop as we see a replay of Sapphire slapping the style out of Brother Love’s mouth.


As Dusty & Sapphire go away the ring Tony tosses to Sean Mooney on the interview location the place Mooney is ready to interview “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. A tongue-tied (and cross-eyed) Duggan tells Mooney that he doesn’t need to method his match with Boss Man any in a different way as a result of Duggan does his personal issues his personal approach. Duggan reminds Boss Man that that is the “land of the free and the house of courageous” and that it was solely a matter of time earlier than Duggan met up with Boss Man.

Duggan says he’ll meet Boss Man eye-to-eye and face-to-face as he provides Boss Man 110-percent. Mooney reminds Duggan that Boss Man has warned that Duggan might be serving “onerous time” tonight however Duggan doesn’t care what Boss Man says or does as a result of Boss Man isn’t speaking to some punk child, he’s speaking to “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan! “HOOOO!” Mooney wraps the interview and sends us to the ring for the following contest.


—“Grudge Match” (1:11:23)
Large Boss Man w/Slick vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

This is among the ultimate televised matches that Boss Man would work as a heel earlier than making his memorable babyface flip. This can be a back-and-forth brawl to start out. The 2 find yourself on the ground the place each wrestlers’ find yourself tasting the ringpost. The match stays back-and-forth till Boss Man lands a splash within the nook and an enziguri. Boss Man, with some assist from Slick, batters a sport Duggan, slicing off “Hacksaw’s” hope spots as Boss Man works a rear chinlock and a bear hug.

Boss Man’s bear hug winds up on the mat the place Duggan is ready to attain the ropes. The 2 commerce photographs earlier than Duggan sends Boss Man excessive to the ground. Again within the ring Boss Man misses an elbow drop that provides Duggan the opening to make the large comeback that features some unimaginable wanting physique punches. After consuming the ol’ five-punch within the nook Boss Man evades a hard-charging Duggan and lands a giant lariat on Duggan.

Boss Man climbs up prime for a giant splash however Duggan strikes. Each guys can hardly stand as Boss Man holds Duggan for Slick to hit when, after all, Slick cracks Boss Man by mistake as a substitute. As Slick distracts the referee Boss Man sneaks his night time stick into the ring. Boss Man waylays Duggan simply because the referee turns round to offer Duggan the DQ win at 10:24.

WINNER is “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (Disqualification, 10:24)


After the bell rings Boss Man & Slick stalk the referee as Duggan, nonetheless on the ground, will get to his ft, grabs his two-by-four, and slides again into the ring. Duggan waffles Boss Man, sending the large man to the ground, earlier than spanking Slick with the two-by-four. Boss Man rages, tossing chairs into the ring that just about strike Duggan within the face, as Duggan celebrates and we head to the following Peacock ad-break. Popping out of the break we get our second WrestleMania VI promo.


Tony & Jesse chat extra about WrestleMania VI earlier than Tony tosses to the primary batch of rapid-fire, Saturday Night time’s Predominant Occasion-esque promos from 13 “Royal Rumble” entrants. These embody, so as of look, Demolition (Ax & Smash), Dangerous Information Brown, Dusty Rhodes (w/Sapphire), The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty), Hercules Hernandez, Rick “The Mannequin” Martel, Tito Santana, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, and Akeem (w/Slick).


Lastly, after the primary 13 promos, we get an extended promo from Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Final Warrior. If “they” refuse to just accept that the “energy” of the Final Warrior has unfold “like a virus” by means of the WWF then let “them” “proceed to stroll as regular as they appear,” Warrior says. But when the 28 “regular males” need to have “particular sights” just like the “Royal Rumble”, Warrior says, then the Warriors will proceed to see it solely as “one other problem” or one other “day of fight”.

Warrior then says that 28 of these “regular males” stacked one on prime of the opposite can’t come near the “emotions and locations of Components Unknown”. The 29th man, Warrior says, is WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Hogan walks with a “totally different force-field” round him and walks on “horizons” near the place Warrior has been. However nobody within the “Royal Rumble” shall kind a staff, Warrior says, as each man should “battle for what he feels is in himself” whereas Warrior “shall fulfill one other future!”


Again within the Orlando Area Tony & Jesse chat concerning the “Royal Rumble” earlier than Tony tosses to the second batch of rapid-fire promos from seven extra “Royal Rumble” individuals that embody, so as of look, “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/Sensational Queen Sherri), Warlord & Barbarian (w/Mr. Fuji), Jake “The Snake” Roberts, The Hart Basis (Bret “Hitman” Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart), and Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart).


Following the primary seven rapid-fire promos we get an extended promo from WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Hogan begins by saying he’s prepared for the “Rumble” simply as he promised he could be. Hogan says he arrived early and noticed “rather a lot” of the opposite “opponents” as they acquired prepared for the “Royal Rumble” and the way every of them appeared “assured”.

However what they don’t know, Hulk says, is that they need to be “able to count on the surprising”. With “Hulkamania” as robust as its ever been, Hogan says, the one factor they’ll’t put together for is the facility of the “pythons” with all of the “Hulkamaniacs” behind him. The only purpose within the “Royal Rumble”, Hulk says, is to show what the one strongest power within the WWF is. Hogan doesn’t care who it’s as a result of one-by-one Hogan goes pull the “reserve power” from deep inside and, after beating each different man within the match, show that no one is extra highly effective than “Hulkamania” “when its at its peak”.

Hogan provides us the “What’cha gonna do” shtick earlier than we head to the ultimate Peacock ad-break of the occasion. Popping out of the ad-break we head to the ring the place the late, nice Howard Finkel explains the foundations of the “Royal Rumble” earlier than introducing the primary entrant into the “1990 Royal Rumble”: “Million Greenback Man” Ted DiBiase!


—“1990 Royal Rumble” (1:26:47)
That includes, so as of entry:
1) Ted DiBiase; 2) Koko B. Ware; 3) Marty Jannetty; 4) Jake Roberts w/Damien; 5) Randy Savage w/Sensational Queen Sherri; 6) Roddy Piper; 7) Warlord w/Mr. Fuji; 8) Bret Hart; 9) Dangerous Information Brown; 10) Dusty Rhodes w/Sapphire; 11) WWF World Tag Workforce Champion Andre the Big; 12) Purple Rooster; 13) Ax; 14) WWF World Tag Workforce Champion Haku; 15) Smash; 16) Akeem w/Slick; 17) Jimmy Snuka; 18) Dino Bravo w/Jimmy Hart; 19) Canadian Earthquake; 20) Jim Neidhart; 21) WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Final Warrior; 22) Rick Martel; 23) Tito Santana; 24) Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart; 25) WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan; 26) Shawn Michaels; 27) Barbarian w/Mr. Fuji; 28) Rick Impolite w/Bobby Heenan; 29) Hercules Hernandez; & 30) Mr. Excellent

That is the primary actually traditional “Rumble” match and is the one which set the usual for what a “Rumble” may and ought to be. The “1990 Royal Rumble” continues to face as maybe the very best booked of all of the “Royal Rumble” matches, standing as a real testomony to Pat Patterson’s unimaginable reserving and psychology. This match is instructed, primarily, is 5 “acts”. Every “act” has a transparent starting, center, and finish, and helps set the stage for the “acts” to comply with.

There are additionally just a few kind of “let-me-up” moments sprinkled in as nicely. The primary “act” begins with Ted DiBiase beginning the match with Koko B. Ware. DiBiase tosses Koko earlier than Jannetty arrives and is shortly tossed as nicely. Jake Roberts and Randy Savage are subsequent with DiBiase & Savage working over Jake till Roddy Piper joins the fray. The ring begins to fill earlier than Savage dumps Jake at 14:46 and Dusty Rhodes, at #10, dumps Savage at 16:27 to finish “act one”.

“Act two” begins with the arrival of World Tag Workforce Champion Andre the Big at #11. Over the following 5 entrants Ax, World Tag Workforce Champion Haku, and Smash be part of the match, permitting your entire program an opportunity to shine. Throughout this time Roddy Piper and “Dangerous Information” Brown get rid of one another and brawl to the again, serving to to setup their controversial match at WrestleMania VI. Demolition goes after Haku & Andre, ultimately dumping Haku with a double clothesline earlier than eliminating Andre with one other double clothesline at 28:34, ending “act two.”

The match “simmers”, so to talk, as Snuka and Dino Bravo arrive. The shorter “act three” kicks off when Canadian Earthquake enters at #19. Quake dumps each Dusty Rhodes and Ax earlier than Jim Neidhardt is available in at #20. Everyone within the ring gangs up on Earthquake and dump the large man at 36:34 to shut out “act three”. The arrival of Intercontinental Champion The Final Warrior at #21 kicks of “act 4”.

Warrior tosses Dino Bravo earlier than the match settles down. Quickly sufficient, although, Warrior, Rick Martel, and Ted DiBiase get rid of Jim Neidhart. Then, out of nowhere, Warrior eliminates Ted DiBiase, who entered at #1, at 44:53. WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan enters at #25 and he and Warrior clear home, leaving solely themselves within the ring. The 2 face-off and tease a confrontation because the roof of the Orlando Area blows off. The 2 commerce shoulder tackles and do the ol’ criss-cross earlier than wiping one another out with a double clothesline.

With each guys down Barbarian arrives to work them each over earlier than Rick Impolite jumps the gun and is available in early at #28. Barbarian pairs off with Hogan as Impolite pairs off with Warrior. Quickly sufficient, although, each Barbarian & Impolite have Warrior teetering on the brink when Hogan rushes over to double clothesline Impolite & Barbarian. The double clothesline, nonetheless, eliminates Final Warrior by mistake at 52:23. Warrior bounces up off the ground and rushes again into the ring the place Warrior drops Impolite and Barbarian with lariats earlier than operating to the again to finish “act 4”.

With Warrior out “act 5” (the end) begins. Hercules Hernandez is available in at #29 and works with Hogan to go after Impolite and Barbarian earlier than #30, Mr. Excellent, hits the ring. Hercules dumps Barbarian at 55:37, leaving Hercules Hernandez, Rick Impolite, Mr. Excellent, and Hulk Hogan as the ultimate 4 of the “1990 Royal Rumble”.

All of the sudden Rick Impolite dumps Hercules at 56:08 and the match is 2-on-1, with Hogan on the mercy of Excellent & Impolite. Earlier than lengthy, although, a miscommunication sees Mr. Excellent get rid of Rick Impolite by mistake at 57:05, leaving Mr. Excellent and Hulk Hogan as the ultimate males within the “1990 Royal Rumble”. Excellent takes the battle to Hogan however can’t get the World Champion over. Lastly, trying to soften Hogan up for elimination, Mr. Excellent hits the Excellent-plex.

Hogan pops proper up, although, “Hulks up”, and tears into Mr. Excellent. Ultimately, with Excellent reeling, Hogan hurls Excellent into the nook, up and over, to get rid of Excellent with a tremendous bump at 58:47 to win the “1990 Royal Rumble”!

WINNER of the “1990 Royal Rumble” is WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan (58:47, final eliminating Mr. Excellent)


Following the match Hulk Hogan celebrates as solely Hogan can, displaying the now-iconic “Hulkamania Will Stay Perpetually” mattress sheet signal. As Hogan poses (and poses, and poses), and the music blares, Tony hypes WrestleMania VI to return in April and indicators off, bringing the 1990 Royal Rumble to an in depth!


Ultimate Ideas

This occasion ranks as one of many best possible Royal Rumble occasions of all-time. Greater than half of the cardboard, from the opening tag staff match to the “submission” struggle to the traditional “Royal Rumble” maintain up nearly as good to distinctive matches. Add to these the enjoyable “Brother Love Present” and bevvy of nice promos and you’ve got the uncommon WWF occasion that’s centered, well-booked, well-paced, and practically fully watchable. Had the Genius/Beefcake debacle or the virtually pointless Boss Man/Duggan dud not been on this card we could be calling the 1990 Royal Rumble occasion one of many prime three in historical past.

Not one of the duds, nonetheless, ought to take away or diminish the greatness of the “1990 Royal Rumble” itself. Few, if any, “Rumble” matches are as nicely put collectively or structured as this one. From begin to end, for my cash, the “1990 Royal Rumble” stays one of many all-time biggest “Rumble” matches to ever go down. For those who don’t have the time for your entire card then attempt to make the time for each the Valentine/Garvin “submission” match and traditional “Royal Rumble”. You gained’t remorse it. Who is aware of, you may very well prefer it, and that’s by no means a nasty factor!

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